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Biography of Carin SMUTS

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Carin Smuts (b. in 1960) is a South African architect. CS Studio, the firm she founded in 1989, deals with projects of all sizes: large structures like the Laingsburg Multi Purpose Center or extensions to Cape Town University but also rural community hostels, community centres and currently the project for Caledon-Helderstroom prison. An acknowledged specialist in «low cost housing», Carin Smuts is often called upon to work on similar sites abroad, for example in Brazil in 2000, where she was invited by the MST Movement.

Born in Pretoria in 1960, Carin Smuts gained her diploma from the UCT in 1984 Carin Smuts - CS Studio Architects first projects were initiated in 1982 and the practice was formally established in 1989. The practice has a record of producing innovative, cost effective design solutions. The firm has moved beyond conventional architectural practice to an approach which involves all stakeholders in the creative processes of planning, design and construction. The focus is on an interactive participative process rather than solely on an end – product. The Studio has completed over 100 significant projects in rural and urban contexts. The practice has a reputation both locally and internationally for producing creative, quality architecture with limited budgets. The projects are of a public nature and include educational, healthcare, arts, culture and heritage and religious buildings, as well as community centres and disabled facilities. Projects involving integrated development planning and low cost housing have also been undertaken and completed successfully, The scope of work also included the restoration of historical monuments. The practice has received recognition for producing quality work in both the architectural and social contexts – providing appropriate, sustainable solutions. Smuts was awarded the International prize for durable architecture on 22 September 2008 at the Villa Savoye in Poissy, France.

Last update : 09/22/2008

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